Dual Credit Eligibility

Pursuant to Texas Administrative Code 4.85, a high school student is eligible to enroll in dual credit courses if the student:

Demonstrates college readiness by achieving the minimum passing standard under the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI):

For a period of 5 years from the date of testing a student who performs at or above the minimum required scores on one of the following assessments will not require additional college readiness testing:

Required scores for exemption / completion

Assessment Mathematics Reading Writing
ACT (prior to Feb. 15, 2023) 19 Math and 23 Composite 19 Verbal and 23 Composite 19 Verbal and 23 Composite
ACT (post Feb. 15, 2023) 22 40 Combined ENG/READ 40 Combined ENG/READ
SAT 530 Math 480 Evidenced Based Read/Write 480 Evidenced Based Read/Write
TAKS (11th Grade) 2200 Math 2200 ELA and 3 Essay 2200 ELA and 3 Essay
STAAR Level 2 (4000) Algebra II  Level 2 (4000) English III  Level 2 (4000) English III 
TSIA 350 Math  351 Read  340 M/C and 4 Essay; or less than 340 M/C and ABE LVL 4, and 5 Essay


950; or less than 950 and Diagnostic Level 6

English Language Arts & Reading (ELAR)

945 M/C and 5 Essay; or less than 945 M/C and Diagnostic Level 5, and 5 Essay


*SAT Composite Score = Critical Reading score [formerly Verbal] + Mathematics score.

Or, demonstrates that he/she may be exempt under one of the following provisions:

  1. A non-degree or non-certificate seeking student.
  2. Holds an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Transcripts must be filed with the Office of Admissions Processing for verification purposes.
  3. Determined TSI complete by any Texas public institution of higher education.
  4. Enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college.
  5. Serves on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment. Students must file a Verification of Active Duty form each semester with the TWU Veteran’s Program Office.
  6. Holds an honorable discharge, retirement, or release from active duty (on or after August 1, 1990) as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States. A copy of the DD214 form showing this status is required and must be filed with the TWU Veteran’s Program Office.
  7. Satisfactorily completed college-level coursework in courses that are recognized as requiring college-level reading, writing and/or mathematical skills as approved by Texas Woman's University.
  8. Successfully completed a college preparatory course under Texas Education Code 28.014 is exempt for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. This exemption applies only at the institution of higher education that partners with the school district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course.

Required Scores for Dual Credit Waivers

Reading & Writing 4000 English II 460 EBRW 23 Composite; 19 or higher English 435 English
Mathematics 4000 Algebra I and passing grade in Algebra II course 510 Mathematics 23 Composite; 19 or higher Mathematics 431 Mathematics


An eligible high school student who enrolls in a dual credit course via an applied waiver and does not earn a grade of C or better must re-demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses within the same subject area.

Students who are enrolled in private or non-accredited secondary schools or who are home-schooled must satisfy TSI requirements.

To be eligible for enrollment in a dual credit course offered by a public college, students must meet all the college's regular prerequisite requirements designated for that course.

An institution may impose additional requirements for enrollment in courses for dual credit that do not conflect with the aforementioned rules.

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